Andrea Martin

Andrea Martin is a WUSF/USF Zimmerman School digital news reporter for spring 2018. 

Born in Hialeah, Florida, and later raised in Ocala, Florida, Andrea moved to Tampa to attend the University of South Florida. She is now in her senior year, pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication, with a concentration in magazine journalism and a minor in Spanish.

Andrea is also the copy editor and a lifestyle writer at the Oracle, the USF student newspaper. 

U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan announced an anti-drug plan Monday to address the growing opioid crisis. According to the Manatee County Republican, the bill will be introduced in the U.S. House later this week.

Members of the Pasco County Planning Commission on Monday approved a $75 million solar farm to be built on land previously zoned for agricultural use near Dade City.

The solar plant, which will add around 50 megawatts to the power grid by the end of the year, is part of an $850 million plan by Tampa Electric to create 10 solar plants by 2021.

By most indications the economy has improved a lot over the past five years, but some Florida children aren’t reaping the benefits.

Between 2011 and 2016 the number of children living in poverty in the state decreased by nearly four percent. Still, one in five children live in poverty, and the number of children who are living in high poverty areas went up by nearly a percent, according to the latest Kids Count report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

It’s a rather remarkable number: In 2017, over 130,000 calls were made to Poison Control centers in Florida. 

The city of Sarasota is planning to file a lawsuit against a number of major pharmaceutical companies to recover damages from the opioid crisis. City Commissioners have voted to retain two attorneys to file the lawsuit. 

There has been concerns for years over a disproportionate number of cancer cases among former and current students, faculty and staff at a Bradenton high school. That has led the Manatee County School Board and Board of Commissioners to request a study from the Florida Department of Health.

Bayshore High School has been in operation since 1962, but the district’s electronic records of students only go back to 1985 and to 1993 for the staff.